Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Whee Kim Leads.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children Open round one was suspended due to darkness with Whee Kim from South Korea leading at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

One & Done: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open 

Whee Kim carded a  bogey free first round -6 under par 65 to lead the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open by one shot in Vegas;

“That was really powerful, I feel much more comfortable now. I’m trying to keep up that momentum.”

“So still trying to work hard and I’m not going to change any plans for the next three days.”

Sharing second place at -4 under are, J.J. Spaun, Ryan Blaum, John Huh, with completed first rounds and  Jimmy Stanger, who has finished 15 holes, all from the USA, they are joined by Alex Chejka, Germany with a completed opening round of 66. 

Ryan is in uncharted territory, and is playing as hard a he can;

You want to take advantage of any week. Finishing in the top 125 last year, you’re able to kind of make out your schedule how you want to.”

“It’s the first time I’ve been able to do that ever in my life, on any tour that I’ve played.”

“So I’m looking forward to that, and being able to play as hard as I can.”

Charlie Hoffman has pledged all his winnings this week to the victims of the recent Las Vegas massacre, he finished day 1 at -3 under par after his opening round of 68 to be T16;

“I want to play really well to raise some money.”

“So my focus is way higher here than it has been in the past, which is sort of saying where my mind was at this time of the year the last few years.”

“But I’ve always put a lot of effort into my charity event, which I do on Monday. And sort of once that’s done, I was free.”

“But this year, I’ve got a huge focus on trying to contend to win this golf tournament for the city of Las Vegas, and I know how much it means to them.”

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HP Byron Nelson Championship, first round

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Ryan Palmer leads the HP Byron Nelson Championship after the first round was completed. Ryan shot a wonderful round of -6 under par, for 66, and leads by just one shot from Marc Leishman and Alex Chejka, who both had good rounds of 65.Ryan Palmer was a  runner-up in 2011, when he lost in a play-off, said he was happy to be back;

“Continuation from last year, that’s what’s cool about the whole thing. It was great. Felt great all morning, warm-up was great. I knew everything was going in the right direction, it was a matter of putting it all together at once. I drove it great for 14 holes, hit irons, putted great, had a short game my last four holes. I was talking to James walking up to the scoring table, and I was excited about my score but I was disappointed in myself and how I locked up the last four holes. I had big pull hooks on my last four tee shots. I fought my way in, but I got up and down 60 yards for par on 7, in on 8 and great up and down on 9. I fought to get in and the short game was awesome, but I was disappointed in the way I kinda locked up on my tee shots, but that’s what the short game is there for, and fortunately it was good. It’s great to be in this spot again.”

Marc Leishman finished off his round with two eagles;

” I hit the ball well all day, hit a lot of fairway and was getting up and down for pars, which was good, and I think I birdied the par five, seventh, first birdie of the day, followed with another on eight, bogey nine, and a couple of eagles on the back nine was awesome. On eleven I was trying to drive it up towards that right bunker, pulled it a little bit, perfect, right in front of the green there about ten feet off the edge, easy chip, down grain. Like I said, it was an easy chip and held that. Another one on sixteen, I think about 245, hit a two iron to about eight feet, easy put, straight up, rolled that in and it was a good day. I drove it well and held the par putts that kept the round going, and I managed, obviously two eagles helped as well.”

Two of the bigger names in the field, Phil Mickleson and Ernie Els could only muster par rounds, and will be hoping to do better tomorrow on this par 70 lay-out. As they say in golf, you can not win a tournament on the first day, but you sure can lose it.

Phil was unhappy with his performance;

” I’m frustrated that I’m letting shots slide here or there and not capitalizing on some birdie opportunities. The course is in great shape. We had a perfect day. There was no wind. You couldn’t ask for a better day. There are some low scores out there and plenty of birdies. I didn’t take advantage of it. I had countless opportunities to roll some in and didn’t take advantage of them.”

Ernie was just happy to be back at the Byron Nelson again, it has been a while since he competed here;

” It’s been awhile. God, I went through the workout area yesterday and I was looking at the old pictures. It’s amazing how quickly time goes. In ’95 I won here, and I played it a lot in the ’90s, and because of that tournament in England that had it the same damn date for so many years, and we redesigned the course, so I had a commitment to go there. But I always wanted to come back here, and now that they changed the date in England, and I’m grateful for that. I’m back here.”

Ernie also feels that he could win here, he has been close to wining this year. He blames a wayward putter for not doing so when he had the opportunity;

” You know, I probably could have won three times already this year, Europe and two of them here. But the flat stick didn’t help me out, I’m working on that. I feel like I’m hitting the ball nicely, I’m healthy again, I had the flu for 10 days, so I feel a lot stronger, so I’m looking forward to this week.”